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The Story of Cole Younger

Cole Younger

Book Overview: 

Autobiography of Cole Younger, American Civil War veteran and member of the Jesse James gang. Cole Younger was a member of Quantrill's Raiders during the Civil War and along with his brother, Jim Younger and the James brothers, robbed banks and trains during the 1870's.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Then Quantrell opened the door and leaped out. Close behind him were Jarrette, Shepherd, Toler, Little, Hoy and myself, and behind us the revolvers.

In less time than it takes to tell it, the rush was over. We had lost five, Hoy being knocked down with a musket and taken prisoner, while they had eighteen killed and twenty-nine wounded. We did not stop till we got to the timber, but there was really no pursuit. The audacity of the thing had given the troops a taste of something new.

They kept Hoy at Leavenworth for several months and then hanged him. This was the inevitable end of a “guerrilla” when taken prisoner.

5. Vengeance Indeed

Among the Jackson county folks who insisted on their right to shelter their friends was an old man named Blythe.

Col. Peabody at Independence had sent out a scouting party to find me or any one else of the. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I give this one three stars, because I feel it was full of lies. I grew up in Lee's Summit, MO, where Cole Younger was from. We learned about him in school. I find it hard to believe that he committed only one robbery and it happened to be the one where he was caught. We'll never truly know, but he

So wait... one of the most notorious bandits in western history only robbed one bank, and it just happened to be the one he was caught for? Amazing he could even find the time to rob it in between being framed for other crimes and carrying out selfless deeds from the mere goodness of his heart.


Very impressive!

Reading this book will give a greater understanding of the man and his times. I especially like his reflections at the end of the book. I think he had a lot of wisdom, and, yes, integrity.

Good book. I enjoyed reading it a lot.

The Truth is likly somewhere in the middle.

This is filled with facinating details about the times during and after the American Civil War. A must read for those with an open mind and who are also truth seekers.

this is the best (auto) biography I've ever read.


There was a time when I worked in a prison. Cole Younger gives a pretty good description and Metaphysical interpretation of what it is to be an inmate. Also provides some insight into the Kansas vs Missouri contention. As in many auto bios, he does his best to put his best foot foteward.

We happened upon this book at the Stillwater Prison/Warden House historical site, and it was a worthwhile read. I didn't really know anything about the Youngers, or the gang that had committed the infamous Northfield robbery, so I didn't come into the book with the tall tales and exaggerations that

I expected much more mention of the James brothers in a book written by a "Survivor of the Jesse James Gang".

I did not think this book was very well written and, after reading, question how open the author really was about his life. (My opinion only!)

At first it was a bit confusing as he was jumping back and forth in time and sometimes took up the same incident more than once, but then i got into the story and it was very different from what I had heard or read. According to him there was no James-Younger band, he only met Jesse James 2 times an

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